Category Archives: family illness

“WHERE ‘ENDS MEET’ AND “FACT SEEMS STRANGER THAN FICTION””. (Cont’d)

I learned that she lived alone in a hamlet cottage some 10 miles away and had travelled to Walsingham that afternoon, using the country bus service. She seemed far from well and in the early part of our conversation, related … Continue reading

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“WHERE ‘ENDS MEET’ AND “FACT SEEMS STRANGER THAN FICTION””.

At the time in question, my wife, our youngest son Martin and I were holidaying in East Anglia. Perhaps (and as the story unfolds you will readily perceive why) I should first tell you that for some time before (and … Continue reading

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AN ENDING – OR A NEW BEGINNING? (Cont. from prev. blog.)

Taking things a step further, certain fairly recent studies have reported evidence of a strong positive correlation between the pursuance of goals related to living meaningfully and an increase in, for example, natural killer (NK) cell activity. This has been … Continue reading

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AN ENDING – OR A NEW BEGINNING?

As I write out and post this particular blog, I want, if I may, both to acknowledge and, if possible, and catch a glimpse of that “something ayont”, with which Robert Louis Stevenson’s “byersman” (see blog dated ) to be … Continue reading

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“TIME AND TIDE WAITS FOR NO MAN”. (Continued from previous blog.)

And there is another important lesson for all of us to learn here. I remember returning home from university during undergraduate days at the commencement of vacation, about two years after my father had died. At the time of his … Continue reading

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“TIME AND TIDE WAITS FOR NO MAN”.

How many times over the years have patients – not infrequently shaken to the marrow by their diagnosis and its implications – reinforced the very point so feelingly made by Dorothy. As another patient put it to me, “In the … Continue reading

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“TIME AND TIDE WAITS FOR NO MAN! Continued from previous.)

Happily, what I have written in these blogs about the ever-increasing percentage of cure or control over malignant diseases is no exaggeration. Yet, believe it or not, there are occasions when this welcome and increasing divide and contrast between – … Continue reading

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